Bliss Baked Goods, Edmonton

Poppy seed bagels from Bliss Baked Goods are the soft, fluffy white bread variety commonly found in Western Canada

Poppy seed bagels from Bliss Baked Goods are the soft, fluffy white bread variety commonly found in Western Canada

Bliss Baked Goods, 10710-142nd Street, Edmonton

Bliss Baked Goods, 10710-142nd Street, Edmonton

I was quite thrilled to learn a new bakery had recently relocated close to our house.  Bliss Baked Goods is a family-run bakery that’s recently received some TV coverage on the local news and apparently on an upcoming program on the Food Network’s ‘Donut Showdown’.

I’m a sucker for fresh baked goods, but was excited to hear that Bliss is a Jewish bakery; they’re closed on weekends and Jewish holidays.  The little shop recently moved to a small, neighbourhood shopping strip on the northwest corner of the traffic circle at 142nd Street and 107th Avenue (10710-142nd Street; Tel. 780-453-0101.)

On Friday, the bakery opens early, 7:30 AM.  I popped in and picked up six poppy seed bagels and six sugar donuts, for $11.00 dollars.

Having attended university in Toronto, I know (and love) the so-called ‘Toronto-style’ bagel, which are usually larger than in-house supermarket bakery-produced versions we get here in the west.  The Toronto-style bagels are also very dense and chewy.  (‘Montreal-style’ bagels are thinner, but still dense and chewy.)

I was really hoping that Bliss would be producing either Toronto- or Montreal-style bagels, but that’s not the case.  Bliss’ poppy seed white dough bagels are the soft, white bread style that most western Canadians have grown up with, and they’re very good; they’re just not the ‘real’ thing.

For a real treat, I stopped into my local IGA supermarket and bought a small in-house container of Winnipeg-style whipped cream cheese ($2.00), and for breakfast, Ingrid and I munched on toasted bagels with butter and cream cheese.  The only thing missing was some nice lox or smoked salmon.  🙂  Next time!

The sugar donuts were also a nice treat, but something you can get anywhere.  Friends have advised us that one ought to experience Bliss’ cinnamon buns.  We’ll give that a try next week.

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